Qubitekk Acquires QINETIQ QKD Patent Portfolio

British multinational defense technology company QinetiQ has agreed to sell its entire Quantum Key Distribution (QKD) patent portfolio to San Diego-based Qubitekk, Inc.  QinetiQ's patent portfolio covers an immediate way to scale up…

JP Morgan Chase steals IBM Brain

J.P. Morgan Chase has hired Marco Pisotia, an IBM veteran and prolific inventor, to lead the bank's Future Lab for Applied Research & Engineering. This new group is working on financial applications for emerging technologies including…

Huawei Has a Solution to The VEP

One of the latest published patent applications from Huawei addresses issues related to verifying a property of plaintext using ciphertext. These issues are commonly referred to as verifiable encryption problems (VEPs). Huawei's solution…

Interior Department Flip-Flops on Chinese Drones

The Interior Department has grounded its more than 800 drones, citing potential cybersecurity risks and the need to support U.S. drone production. In a report released in July 2019, it recommend using special DJI drones.  DJI's…

Nokia finally wins edge computing patent

Nokia is no stranger to the computing and telecommunications spaces, and has been saying for some time that they want to be a major player in edge computing as well. In November 2016, Nokia and Vodafone announced a collaboration to develop…

Atolla has Skin in the Game

Skincare and machine learning don't often cross paths - after all, robots and computers don't have faces. For MIT-spinout Atolla, machine learning and skincare is the name of the game. After a successful Kickstarter campaign last fall in…

MelRok is Moving Away From Static Energy Analytics

MelRok, LLC was recently issued a patent relating to a self-driving building energy engine. Current energy and greenhouse gas measurement and verification protocols rely on outdated methods, requiring "walk around and observe" style…

Arenar inducing sleep with audio and visual cues

Arenar recently received a patent for an EEG headband that induces sleep using audio and visual cues. The iBand Plus includes pillow speakers and an app that allows users to monitor sleep, view sleep quality, and receive feedback.…

Ebb Therapeutics is making headbands cool again

Ebb Therapeutics has developed a cooling headband to help consumers manage their sleeplessness from too much brain activity. The fluid-filled headband wraps around a person’s head and monitors the metabolic energy in the frontal cortex.…

Sony Wants to Collect Your Road Tax

Sony has received a patent for electric power charging for vehicles and other devices. Each vehicle would provide its ID to a controller for administering an electric power charging operation, which in turn calculates a tax according to…

Are You Getting Paid for the Playback of Your Media Content? Want it in Cryptocurrency? No Problem

BUBUKA LLC, a blockchain-powered music rights management service, has received its first patent application publication relating to a payment system for digital rights management. BUBUKA's platform monitors the playback of media content,…

Qualcomm, Audi to conduct C-V2X pilot on Virginia roads

Qualcomm, Audi of America and the Virginia Department of Transportation will be testing pilot C-V2X deployments on Virginia highways in the third quarter of 2020. The studies are designed to show how the technology can be used to improve…

$90 Million for Vapor IO

Edge computing company Vapor IO is one of the fastest growing startups in the industry. The company announced its Kinetic Edge Exchange (KEX) platform in October, which is a software-defined platform that will allow users to connect to…

BIRD Foundation Okays $1 Million Grant for Israel-US drone project

BWR Israel and Easy Aerial USA received the money to implement a one-operator-to-many-drones advanced command center for national security operations. The project was selected by the US Department of Homeland Security and Israel's Internal…

US DOT embraces V2X

US DOT Secretary Elaine Chao announced a new $38 million pilot program to equip emergency response vehicles and key infrastructure with V2X. The program is aimed at avoiding traffic accidents and saving the lives of first…

Cannabinoid Biosynthesizer Librede Acquired by Lygos

Librede is one of four companies with a cannabinoid biosynthesis patent disclosing synthesizing cannabinoids in microorganisms from sugars. On January 15, Lygos acquired Librede to accelerate their production of cannabinoids for consumer,…

Cryptocurrency as a Digital Payment System for Cannabis

Cannabis retailers everywhere are looking for cashless alternatives besides traditional credit and debit for executing transactions. Major banks are skeptical and not touching cannabis transactions as government regulations and suggestions…

EV Charging While You Drive

HERE Global's (HERE) latest published patent relates to implementing EV lane charging on roadways. Through the use of a lane charging management device, reading real-time data, HERE is able to generate lane charging commands associated…

Monticello Wants to Simplify Online Purchases

Monticello Enterprises LLC (Monticello) thinks shopping online is too difficult. Users have it easy with features such as Amazon's "one-click" or the ability to save purchase information across the Internet, don't they? But "one-click"…

Spotify Wants to Get in Bed with You

Spotify has entered the consumer sleep technology sector with a recently published patent application assigned to them for tailoring music to a person’s heart rate to help them rest. US Publication number 20200019371 titled “MEDIA CONTENT…

NC-Local Co. Keeping Your Children Safe from Smoking

While some companies were looking to profit from vaping off of a younger and vulnerable generation, Pneuma Respiratory was taking the necessary precautions to prevent a youth smoking epidemic. Pneuma Respiratory is a local to North…

Heathrow goes after pilots, not drones

Heathrow Airport has installed an anti-drone system that can locate UAV pilots. Designed by Operational Solutions Ltd, with help from manufacturers like Aveillant, the system is able to locate the pilots. Finding the pilot can be a…

Equinix Picks up a Packet

At Magic Number, we tend to talk about building a patent portfolio versus buying one. This week, however, Equinix is doing something completely different as they are ignoring patent assets and buying a physical portfolio instead. A data…

Listening for Cash

Cardiologs, a Paris-based cardiology diagnostics startup, recently announced a $15 million Series A funding round led by Alven. The company previously completed a $6.4 million round in 2017 in addition to pre-seed rounds. Their product,…

Another Step Toward Automated Cannabis Processing

Canopy Growth Corporation is showing commitment to meeting market demands for cannabis products, as evidenced in a recently published patent application (20200002846) assigned to them. The application describes a cannabis plant processing…

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